DPReview TV: Favorite episodes and a subscriber challenge
It's been almost three years since we launched our new YouTube channel, DPReview TV. Since then, we've published almost 250 episodes including product reviews, how-to videos, and more. These videos have allowed us to bring you more photo-related content than ever before, including reviews of products we may not have been able to cover in the past.
Hopefully, we've also managed to entertain you along the way. If so, you can help us by subscribing to our channel!
If we hit our goal, Jordan will have to shoot the next several episodes using classic cameras of your choosing.
We're running a subscriber challenge to see if we can reach 300,000 subscribers by Valentine's Day (Feb. 14). If we hit our goal, Jordan will have shoot the next several episodes using classic cameras of your choosing. (Pentax K-01, anybody?)
Just subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new videos every week, and make sure to tell us what camera you want Jordan to shoot with in the comments.
For inspiration, we've picked ten of our favorite episodes from the wayback machine to remind us how much fun we've had over the past few years.
Sony a7 III review
This was DPReview TV episode #1. Fun fact: in the opening scene, Jordan's son Liam really thought his dad was moving to Seattle.
Chris: "This was a really tough episode to put together. We were still working for The Camera Store at the time, yet wanted to have a full review ready when we announced the move to DPReview. Despite a lot of late nights and evening shoots, I think this really captures the excitement we had about joining the DPReview team."
Fujifilm X100V review
The improvements to Fujifilm's X100V camera were big enough that we put one of Chris's quotes right on the title card for the video: "Yeah, it's really good."
Jordan: "It's bizarre to think that I shot this episode with a tiny little X100V, on a giant monopod with a bunch of audio stuff dangling off it. The episode still turned out great though, and I think it's due to shooting everything on a the camera's 35mm equivalent lens, undeniably the greatest focal length of all!"
Best mid-range full-frame mirrorless shootout
This episode may be recent, but it's relevant to a lot of photographers right now. If you're getting ready to make the leap to a mirrorless camera, make sure to watch this video first.
Jordan: "These roundup episodes have become a staple of the channel, and I'm always impressed how Chris is able to keep each one unique and engaging. Team S5!"
Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 review
Chris and Jordan have reviewed a lot of lenses, but one that keeps getting a ton of views on YouTube is the Tamron 28-75mm F2.8. (Which may also explain why it's always checked out from the DPReview gear cabinet.)
Chris: "Ah, the early days of DPReview TV when we were constantly struggling to acquire the cameras and lenses we needed. Fortunately, in this case, the older camera body was overshadowed by the fun locations we found."
Macro photography with Don Komarechka
Before joining DPReview TV as a part time host himself, Chris and Jordan hosted renowned macro photographer Don Komarechka to share some of his macro photography magic.
Chris: "While it may look like some of our macro subjects were planned, Don just arrived in Calgary with a backpack full of macro gadgets, and we went to a park to see what we could find. I think that's why the episode works so well, we're all figuring it out as we go with the assistance of an absolute master macro photographer."
Leica SL2 first impressions from Wetzlar, Germany
After traveling all the way to Leica headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany, Chris tried to score a free Leica for his birthday. Did it work?
Jordan: "One of the amazing things about making DPReview TV is the opportunity to meet the people responsible for some of our favorite cameras and lenses. The culture at Leica is very different from any other camera manufacturer, so it was a fun challenge to try and capture that difference with this video. Being able to shoot the episode using a $70,000 cinema prime didn't hurt either!"
Travel tripod shootout
If you're like us, you're probably itching for the day you can travel again. In this travel tripod shootout, we compared four top models from Manfrotto, Peak Design, Gitzo and Surui.
Jordan: "The honesty of Chris's kids in the intro delights me. Also, the 'Tripod Vibration Calibration Device' is a classic Chris idea that sounds ridiculous, but actually worked great."
Nikon Z7 first impressions review
Remember when Nikon launched the Z6 and Z7? It was so top secret that Nikon arrived at our office with briefcases handcuffed to their wrists and black helicopters circling overhead. Chris and Jordan had to fly to Seattle where we tested the new models together in secrecy.
Chris: "On our first trip to Seattle we finally met all of the DPReview staff. Fortunately, they all turned out to be great people. Whew."
Canon EOS 90D and M6 II at Michelin Raceway
Oh, how we miss travel. In this episode, Chris and DPReview editor Carey Rose put Canon's subject tracking to the test at the Michelin Raceway in Atlanta.
Jordan: "I was unable to come on this trip, but had an unexpectedly fun time editing the footage. Chris and Carey have fantastic back and forth chemistry that I'd like to see expanded into a buddy cop series or sitcom."
Laowa 24mm F14 probe lens
A long, narrow lens called the 'probe' is just begging for some NSFW jokes. So much, in fact, that Chris added a short intermission to the episode so you could do exactly that.
Chris: "When Laowa asked if we wanted to take a look at this lens, I was pretty unsure. It seemed like far too much of a niche tool to be interesting to many photographers. Of course, the 325,000 views proves I still never know when something will interest the masses."
Today marks the effective date’ that Part 107 and Remote ID rules take effect in the United States. This includes the Operations Over People rule. We break down what changes, what hasn't yet, and what you need to know.
Canon has announced two new PIXMA all-in-one wireless photo printers, the TS3520 and the G620 MegaTank. The TS3520 promises ease of use, simplicity and it costs only $80. The G620 MegaTank is larger and costs more but promises affordable prints thanks to its continuous ink system.
Sony went to a wind tunnel to see just how well its forthcoming drone could fly in high-wind environments.
FusionTLC has announced Raven, a universal flash trigger that offers remote control of flashes from multiple brands, including simultaneous control of two different brands of flashes.
Colorcinch is a photo editor you can use inside your web browser. Many of the included tools, including all the photo editing tools, are available to use for free.
In addition to putitng its new M1 chipset inside both the 11" and 12.9" iPad Pros, Apple has also thrown in a Thunderbolt port and 5G connectivity. The 12.9" iPad also receives a new 'Liquid Retina XDR display' with a claimed 1,600-nits peak brightness for HDR content.
Apple has given its iMac lineup a design refresh for the first time in nearly a decade and tossed in its new M1 chipset first seen in its MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini computers late last year.
Sony has announced its latest G-Master lens: the ultra-wide 14mm F1.8 GM. At nearly a third the weight of its nearest peer for the system, it's an incredibly compact and lightweight prime for E-mount shooters. Read on for a closer look at what it offers, including a preliminary look at its optical performance.
In this episode of DPReview TV, Chris and Jordan get their hands on Sony's new compact, ultra-wide 14mm F1.8 G Master lens, and share how well it performs for both stills and video.
We've been shooting around with Sony's latest G Master lens and initial impressions are positive: the FE 14mm F1.8 GM is well-built, fast to focus, and plenty sharp, even wide open. Take a look.
Sony has introduced its FE 14mm F1.8 GM lens for its full-frame mirrorless body. This compact lens uses numerous special elements and has twin linear focus motors for speedy focusing.
The firmware updates are relatively minor based on the update notes, but no camera is left behind.
Conservationist and photographer Donal Boyd and filmmaker Frank Nieuwenhuis visited the ongoing volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, where he captured beautiful visuals of the eruption.
Charles Geschke, who co-founded Adobe in 1982 with John Warnock, died this past Friday at 81.
We took the Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 to the Bay Area and put it in the hands of commercial and fashion photographer Robert Silver to see what it can do.
The historic inaugural flight lasted for a total of 39.1 seconds and captured a monochrome image of the helicopter's shadow on the Martian surface.
Cosina adds to its Voigtlander Vintage Line series with its new 28mm F2 Ultron lenses, which come in two models — Type I and Type II — with different focus ring styles.
Sony's latest FX3 has a lot in common with the a7S III on the inside, but we've got our hands on one to show just how different it is on the outside – take a look.
You've watched the video, now see the stills that Chris and Jordan took while reviewing Fuji's impressive new XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR lens for X-mount.
Thanks to a clever Twitter user, a hiker lost in Southern California was found after local authorities shared his last-sent photo on social media.
The new version of the motorized monopod is quicker and extends further, allowing more dramatic camera movements and more control over them.
The winners of the Professional, Open, Student and Youth categories of the Sony World Photography Awards have been announced, showing some exceptional projects and single images.
Canon has announced two new telephoto prime lenses for the RF mount: the RF 400mm F2.8L IS USM and 600mm F4L IS USM. Click through for a closer look at these two new telephoto options for RF.
From the stately twin-lens reflex to the timeless view camera, here are some of the less common film camera types still kicking around on the used market.
World Press Photo today announced the overall winners of their 2021 competition.
Micro Four Thirds users can now enjoy the Speedmaster 35mm F0.95 Mark II manual lens that was previously limited to Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X and Sony E mount camera systems.
DJI has unveiled the Air 2S, a follow up to the Mavic Air 2. This compact, consumer-grade drone most notably has a camera with a 1" sensor.
Hasselblad Masters contest opens to professional photographers, with a dozen medium format mirrorless cameras up for grabs. And you don't need to shoot on a 'blad to enter!